My 7-year-old doesn't eat much: Advice?

My almost 7-year-old daughter barely eats. Her reasons vary from not being hungry, not to like what it is. However, what she doesn’t like changes with the wind. I have noticed that if she has something in her head that she wants to eat, she will give us a hard time about other foods that she normally would like. Today she has a bowl of cereal, a 3rd of a frozen mac n cheese Marie Callender’s for lunch, and then I gave her some pork(size of her fist), mashed potatoes (just as big), and six roasted carrots. She did not finish her dinner. With that little amount of food, I don’t understand how she isn’t starving! We have tried everything. She has a list of three foods that she picked that she doesn’t have to eat. We eliminated junk food as snacks and replaced with healthy things like fruit (won’t eat them even when she picked them), We did smaller portions…we have tried to make sure she has food she likes, but with how sudden it changes, we can’t keep up. I am beginning to think this problem runs deeper than just being picky. There are days she comes home with shaking hands because she “didn’t like” the food offered at school and aftercare. Packed meals have also gone untouched. She has plenty of room for snacks and junk, though! Anyone else has similar experiences? What should we do?

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My kids tried these games until all the snacks n junk good was cut off…completly…until the eating habits changed…n they will, she nos if she dont eat her meals she will get other fillers…

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My kids went through that. They’ll eat when hungry.

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Stop giving her snacks, junk foods. Limit to one a day. Give her whatever everyone else eats. Shell eat or get hungry and eat at next meal. You’re coddling her. She’s manipulating you.

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No snacks, if she doesnt finish a meal, she gets it for the next meal. I dont play those “I dont like it” game in my house at all. The saying here is, “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit!” All my older kids (3-7) know it. If you refuse dinner, you go to bed hungry.

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pedisure will help a lot

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When I feel my kids arent eating enough we give them boost kids essentials. We try and push food but if they wont eat we will give them one afterward…before long I notice their appetite increases and they go back to eating normal.

My kids do this… I get pediasure grow and go for them to drink so they still get the nutrients

Sounds like plenty to me

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If you have always given her junk food and all of the sudden stopped and decided she needs less junk that’s the problem. Stick with a no junk food policy and she will eat.

Don’t make an issue out of it. Kids are like that and if you try to push the issue too much it’s likely to get worse. They’ll eat when they’re hungry and they eventually expand their food choices.

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Yes pediasure also since iv started pediasure iv felt that my son gets hungry n ask for food

Have you talked to dr about it ? Blood tests to see if everything is ok and maybe try a daily vitamin - I have a kid that has a hard time eating anxious or nervous about anything - if too much noise or people he’s not hungry because he has a stomach ache. Counseling is a great help. Be sure to keep offering the healthy snacks and keep talking.

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It might be a sensory issue!

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She may be consuming too many liquid calories… she literally will not feel hungry if she’s full of liquids.

In my opinion if you are offer junk or snacks food or she tell you what she want to eat that includes snacks and fast food and things that are unhealthy then I would say she just being picky. Now i would be worried if she refuse everything that you offer even the junk food. In my opinion she just being pinky and you just have to stand your ground to let her know she can’t eat whatever she wants when she wants it. If a kids really hungry they will eat soon then later. I would stay keep you foot down and she will come around offer food and have her at least try them even if it’s a bite she might end up liking the food in the end. And if she doesn’t Ike school lunch witch I don’t blame her I eat them and half the time they where gross. So coming up with healthy good choice for her to take would encourage to eat at school so she doesn’t go all day without eating with also packing a snack also. I hope she comes around

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The size of a child’s stomache is around the size of a fist. She is full. As long as what you are feeding her is high in nutrients I wouldn’t worry about the amount she is eating.

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I watch too much Steve Harvey… but you’re the parent! Don’t give her snacks and junk. Give her the healthy options, and she’ll eventually eat them if that’s all there is.

My daughter is five and she is the same way I ask the doctor and they told me to do kid ensure

My 4 year old gets like that sometimes. But their stomachs aren’t very big either. She will probably grow out of it eventually. My daughter was like for for about a month an a half before she started eating normally again.